Mango festival concludes in New Delhi
Neeleshwari, Baby Fida, Jehangir, Suwarn, Neelam, Malika, Laila-- these interesting names are not given to children by their parents but certain mouth-watering varieties of mangoes on display at the annual mango festival, which concluded in New Delhi on Saturday.
For the more politically inclined, you have 'Lalu ki Ungli (Lalu's finger) and Benazir special. For those interested in a seasonal touch, there is 'July Gola'.
Other rare varieties like 'Sirky', 'Royal SP', 'Bombay Green' and 'Baby Fida' were also on display along with their more famous cousins like Dushehari, Langraa, Kesar, Totapuri, Vanraj and Alphonso.
The smallest variety 'Elaichi Dana', weighing four grams and the largest 'Khalima' at 1.6 kg were also on display.
"90 per cent of the mango growers were from Uttar Pradesh as most of the mango cultivation takes place in the state," said Akram from Mustafa Orchids, who has put up a stall at the festival.
Buoyed by the success of the festival, the Delhi government has decided to open doors of the festival for Mango exporters from next year.
"Next year onwards, we will invite exporters to the festival so that mango growers could have access to information regarding export, labelling and packaging of the fruit," Sumati Mehta, principal secretary, Delhi tourism said.
"Through this festival, we wish to provide a platform to mango growers to showcase their varieties and at the same time increase tourism in Delhi by encouraging people to visit places," she added.
"The festival gives us a chance to exhibit different varieties of the fruit found in our state," said B G Patel who has come all the way from Gujarat, representing the Navsari Agricultural University.
"Apart from the fruit, various murabba and pickle stalls have made it a complete 'mango' shopping experience," said Pramod, another visitor.
The prices of mango here are also much cheaper than the market price.
"Since there is bulk supply of mangoes and when one comes to an exhibition they want something than the market so the prices are low," said an exhibitor.
A national level seminar on problems related to mango farming was also held. The seminar addressed issues like improving the quality of the fruit and types of pesticides to be used etc.